Friday, June 14, 2013
If Tom can't do something one way, he does it another. He decided he would like a vegetable garden but since he travels around via electric scooter, it is difficult for him to get "down to earth". He decided to bring the earth up to him.
Here is the entire raised bed.
He bought cedar boards and treated lumber from Lowes. He used treated wood for the "L" shaped legs. They do not touch the soil that the vegetables are planted in. The box, 10 inches (25.4 cm.) deep, is made from the cedar boards. He drilled holes in the bottom of the box for drainage. The legs are set on paving blocks so they won't sink into the ground. The soil is well- rotted horse manure from Cinda's horses, brought in a red pickup truck by Tim.
He ripped the lumber with his 10 inch contractor's table saw, and cut the boards to length with his compound miter saw. The top of the box is 36 inches (91.44 cm.) up from the ground, the height of kitchen counters. The stabilizing crossbars are 24 inches (60.96 cm.) above the ground.
Here is the way his garden looked this morning...pole beans at the back, radishes and beets in the middle row, spinach leaves at the bottom edge. We should be able to harvest the spinach soon.